README98.TXT Driver File Contents (7800_fms303_disk1.exe)

= Adaptec 7800 Family Manager Set v3.03 =
=                                         =
=    README for Microsoft Windows 98      =

The following information is available in this README file:

   o Supported Hardware
   o Changes From Prior Release
   o Installation Instructions
         Installing the Driver When Installing Windows 98
         Updating the Driver for Windows 98
   o Known Issues
   o Diskette Contents
   o Contacting Adaptec

Supported Hardware

The following Adaptec SCSI Host Adapters are supported by the 7800 FMS v3.03.  
The first list (Fast/Ultra Adapters) is supported by the AIC78xx.MPD driver, 
while the second list (Ultra2 Adapters) is supported by the AIC78U2.MPD 

   Fast/Ultra Adapters  Description
   -------------------  -----------
   AVA-2902I            PCI-to-Fast SCSI (non-bootable, internal)
   AVA-2902E            PCI-to-Fast SCSI (non-bootable, external)
   AVA-2903             PCI-to-Fast SCSI (non-bootable, internal, external)
   AVA-2904             PCI-to-Fast SCSI (non-bootable)
   AVA-2906             PCI-to-Fast SCSI (non-bootable, internal, external)
   AHA-2910C            PCI-to-Fast SCSI (non-bootable)
   AHA-2915C            PCI-to-Fast SCSI (non-bootable)
   AHA-2920C            PCI-to-Fast SCSI
   AHA-2930C            PCI-to-Ultra Single-ended SCSI
   AHA-2940             PCI-to-Fast SCSI
   AHA-2940W            PCI-to-Fast and Wide Single-ended SCSI
   AHA-2940AU           PCI-to-Ultra Single-ended SCSI
   AHA-2940U            PCI-to-Ultra Single-ended SCSI
   AHA-2940U Dual       DualChannel PCI-to-Ultra Wide Internal Single-ended SCSI
                        with 50-pin external connector
   AHA-2940UW           PCI-to-Ultra Wide Single-ended SCSI
   AHA-2940UW Pro       PCI-to-Ultra Wide Single-ended SCSI (See Changes From 
                        Prior Release Section)
   AHA-2940UW Dual      DualChannel PCI-to-Ultra Wide Single-ended SCSI
                        with 68-pin external connector

   AHA-2944W            PCI-to-Fast and Wide Differential SCSI
   AHA-2944UW           PCI-to-Ultra Wide Differential SCSI
   AHA-3940             MultiChannel PCI-to-Fast SCSI
   AHA-3940W            MultiChannel PCI-to-Fast and Wide SCSI
   AHA-3940U            MultiChannel PCI-to-Ultra SCSI
   AHA-3940UW           MultiChannel PCI-to-Ultra Wide SCSI
   AHA-3940UWD          MultiChannel PCI-to-Ultra Wide SCSI with dual
                        external VHD connectors
   AHA-3944UWD          MultiChannel PCI-to-Ultra Wide Differential SCSI
                        with dual external VHD connectors
   AHA-3940AU           MultiChannel PCI-to-Ultra SCSI
   AHA-3940AUW          MultiChannel PCI-to-Ultra Wide SCSI
   AHA-3940AUWD         MultiChannel PCI-to-Ultra Wide SCSI with dual
                        external VHD connectors
   AHA-3944AUWD         MultiChannel PCI-to-Ultra Wide Differential SCSI
                        with dual external VHD connectors

   AHA-4944W            Quad Channel PCI-to-Fast and Wide Differential SCSI
   AHA-4944UW           Quad Channel PCI-to-Ultra Wide Differential SCSI

   APA-1480             CardBus-to-Ultra Single-ended SCSI

   AIC-7850             Single-chip PCI-to-Fast SCSI
   AIC-7855             Single-chip PCI-to-Fast SCSI
   AIC-7856             Single-chip PCI-to-Fast SCSI
   AIC-7860             Single-chip PCI-to-Ultra SCSI
   AIC-7870             Single-chip PCI-to-Fast and Wide SCSI
   AIC-7880             Single-chip PCI-to-Ultra Wide SCSI
   AIC-7895             Single-chip PCI-to-MultiChannel Ultra Wide SCSI

   Ultra2 Adapters      Description
   ---------------      -----------
   AHA-2940U2 OEM       PCI-to-Ultra2 Wide LVD/Single-ended SCSI 
   AHA-2940U2B          PCI-to-Ultra2 Wide LVD SCSI
   AHA-2940U2W          PCI-to-Ultra2 Wide LVD/Single-ended SCSI
   AHA-2950U2B          64-bit PCI-to-Ultra2 Wide LVD SCSI
   AHA-3950U2B          64-bit PCI-to-MultiChannel Ultra2 Wide LVD SCSI
   AHA-3950U2D          64-bit PCI-to-MultiChannel Ultra2 Wide LVD SCSI
                        with dual external VHD connectors

   AIC-7890             Single-chip PCI-to-Ultra2 SCSI
   AIC-7891             Single-chip 64-bit PCI-to-Ultra2 SCSI
   AIC-7896             Single-chip PCI-to-MultiChannel Ultra2 SCSI
   AIC-7897             Single-chip 64-bit PCI-to-MultiChannel Ultra2 SCSI

Changes From Prior Release

This release of the Adaptec 7800 Family Manager Set v3.03 adds the 
following support from the previous v3.02 release:

   o Support for PC99 Windows Hardware Quality Labs Certification
   o Updated OS/2 drivers

Installation Instructions

If you are performing a first time Windows 98 installation, see the 
"Installing the Driver When Installing Windows 98" section, below.  If 
Windows 98 is already installed on your system, see the "Updating the 
Driver for Windows 98" section.

Installing the Driver When Installing Windows 98

A fresh Windows 98 installation will attempt to detect all Adaptec 
SCSI host adapters in your system.  If it is unable to do so, follow 
the instructions in the "Updating the Driver for Windows 98" section 

(NOTE:  When Windows 98 starts, if "New Hardware Found" is displayed, 
select "Driver from disk provided by hardware manufacturer".  Insert 
your Adaptec 7800 Family Manager Set v3.03 diskette and type a:\win9x 
as the path; follow the on-screen instructions.)

Updating the Driver for Windows 98

To update or install the aic78xx.mpd or aic78u2.mpd driver if Windows 98 
is already installed, follow these instructions:

    1 Start Windows 98.

    2 Click the Start button on the Windows 98 task bar, and then
      point to Settings.

    3 Click Control Panel.
    4 Double-click the System icon.
    5 On the Device Manager tab.

    6 Click the plus sign next to the SCSI controller icon.
    (NOTE:  If Windows 98 cannot determine the type of host adapter
    installed in your computer, a yellow question mark labeled "Other
    devices" appears instead of the SCSI controller icon.  To continue, 
    click the plus sign next to the question mark; a yellow question
    mark labeled "PCI SCSI Bus Controller" then appears.)
    7 Double-click the 7800 Family host adapter you wish to update,
      or if a yellow question mark labeled "PCI SCSI Bus Controller"
      is displayed, double-click the question mark.    
    8 Select the Driver tab.
    9 Click Update Driver.
   10 Insert the Adaptec 7800 Family Manager Set diskette into drive

   11 In the Update Device Driver Wizard, click Next.

   12 Select the button for "Search for a better driver than the one 
      your device is using now. (Recommended)".  Click Next.

   13 Select "Specify a location".

   14 In the "Specify a location" edit box, type "a:\win9x", then 
      click Next.

   15 When Windows indicates "Location of driver: A:\win9x\aic78xx.inf",
      click Next.

   16 Windows will now copy the files for your host adapter.

   17 Click "Finish".

   18 You must restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Known Issues

    o In some cases, each channel of a MultiChannel adapter must be 
      updated/installed manually with the aic78xx.mpd driver on a 
      freshly installed Windows 98 system. Please follow the
      instructions listed under Updating the Driver for Windows 98
      for each channel.

    o Real mode ASPI drivers from EZ-SCSI are not needed, because
      Windows 98 miniport drivers support most SCSI host adapters and
      SCSI devices.  However, you will need to load the ASPI drivers 
      (including MSCDEX.EXE, if you have CD-ROM drive) if any of the 
      following are true: 
      o You are running in MS-DOS mode and need to access your CD-ROM 
      o You are using a scanner or another SCSI device with CONFIG.SYS
        or AUTOEXEC.BAT based drivers, such as HP's SJIIX.SYS.
      o You have an older model SCSI-1 CD-ROM driver that Windows 98 does 
        not support.
      o You are using a CD-Recorder drive (however, some newer models of
        CD-Recorder drives can use the embedded Windows drivers).
    o Some older models of SCSI CD-ROM drives are not compatible with the 
      embedded Windows 98 CD-ROM driver.  You can add support for the 
      CD-ROM drive by doing the following:
      1 Make sure your ASPI real mode drivers (including ASPI8DOS.SYS, 
        ASPICD.SYS and MSCDEX.EXE) are loaded and running from your 
        CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files.  Consult your EZ-SCSI 
        installation guide for more details.
      2 If step 1 did not work, find the file named CDTSD.VXD in the 
        \windows\system\iosubsys directory and rename it to CDTSD.SAV.
    o The mapping between MSCDEX.EXE, which runs in real mode, and the
      Windows 98 CD-ROM driver does not match.  You can correct this in
      one of two ways:
      1 Comment out the line that loads mscdex.exe in the autoexec.bat 
      2 Change the /L switch on the line that loads mscdex.exe in the
        AUTOEXEC.BAT file so it assigns the CD-ROM drive the next highest 
        logical drive letter after the hard disk drives.

    o Windows 98 does not support sharing of system interrupts (also
      known as IRQs) between two or more I/O subsystem devices (i.e.
      network interface cards or hard disk adapters such as SCSI host
      adapters). When IRQs are shared between I/O devices, lockups can
      occur while booting. If lockups occur, try moving or removing one
      or more PCI cards from one slot to another and bootup your computer
      again.  If problems continue, refer to your system documentation
      and/or your system technical support for information on adding
      your system configuration.

    o When updating/installing the driver for a host adapter, the 
      Family Manager Set will not automatically install both 
      Ultra2 and Ultra/Fast drivers.  If you require both drivers, 
      you will have to install them separately, as per individual host 
      adapter.  For example, after installing the driver for the 
      AHA-2940U2W, there may be a conflict in the Device Manager
      with an existing or newly-installed Adaptec UltraSCSI or earlier 
      host adapter. To resolve this problem, simply update the driver 
      for the conflicting host adapter with the Family Manager Set 
      v3.03 driver from the Device Manager.

Diskette Contents

The following files are included in this diskette:

    o \WIN9X\AIC78XX.MPD - 7800 series SCSI miniport for Windows 95/98
    o \WIN9X\AIC78U2.MPD - 7800 series Ultra2 SCSI miniport for Windows 95/98
    o \WIN9X\AIC78XX.INF - Install script used by Windows 95/98 setup
    o \WIN9X\README95.TXT - Readme file for Windows 95
    o \WIN9X\README98.TXT - Readme file for Windows 98 (this file)
    o \WIN9X\README95.HTM - HTML version of README95.TXT
    o \WIN9X\README98.HTM - HTML version of README98.TXT
    o \WIN9X\ADPINSTR.VXD - Instrumentation Helper Virtual Device Driver

Contacting Adaptec

Technical information, including product literature, answers to commonly asked
questions; information on software upgrades, and other topics is available
electronically through the following:

* Search the Adaptec World Wide Web at

* Connect to the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server at

* Search the Adaptec Support Knowledgebase (A.S.K.) at for articles, troubleshooting tips, and frequently
  asked questions for your product.

* Access Adaptec's Interactive Fax at 303-684-3400, this is available 23 hours a
  day 7 days a week.  The fax system is out of service for 1 hour each day.

* For Internet support, send technical questions to Adaptec's Technical Support
  Specialists via WebMail at

* For more information about Adaptec's electronic support options, call 
  800-959-7274 or 408-945-2550, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

* To speak with a Technical Support Specialist, call 408-934-7274, 
  Monday-Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Pacific Time. 

After hours, on weekends, and on holidays, product support is available

Download Driver Pack

How To Update Drivers Manually

After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

Very important: You must reboot your system to ensure that any driver updates have taken effect.

For more help, visit our Driver Support section for step-by-step videos on how to install drivers for every file type.

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